Coming Together in Love of God and Neighbor:

Our Stewardship Campaign for 2021

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide,
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

It’s probably a bit of an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenge! Yet if anything positive has come from this year, Plymouth as a church has learned to be more adaptive, aggressively innovative, and creative. And…we have been reminded that Love of God and Neighbor is of utmost importance.

While you’ve been worshipping virtually and outdoors, Plymouth has done some incredible work:

Things you may have noticed during 2020

  • Online evening prayer
  • Virtual worship
  • Virtual and Zoom bible study and programming
  • Lawn concert series
  • Hymn-sings
  • Virtual Vacation Bible School, and other children’s and family programming

 

Things you may not have noticed during 2020

  • Facility care and refurbishment (including new paint throughout the building and inviting signage for you and for visitors!)
  • Touchpoint (a robust church management software program that will help us operate more efficiently and that soon will give YOU access to your own giving information and much more!)
  • A behind-the-scenes flip with guidance from a professional church website developer to an entirely new website – the one you’re reading right now! – that will continually evolve and adapt so you always know what’s going on at Plymouth (check out that new calendar!), and including this option to host an online stewardship campaign for 2021.
  • New, wider doors for easier access into Waveland Hall (we can’t wait for you to see them!)
  • Video, sound and lighting equipment that made virtual worship services an option and has continued to help them improve.

Playlist of Stewardship Videos

Or, if you prefer to select a particular video, follow this link to the Stewardship playlist on YouTube and click on individual videos by our ministers and staff, Emily Tripp’s series on finance, or “This Old Church.”

Looking ahead, we all need to come together to sustain those accomplishments and make even more happen. To do that, we’ll need your financial support at your same giving level or more. Here’s a sampling of what you can expect from your Plymouth Church in 2021:

  • All of our virtual worship has been facilitated by a grant until now. We need to support it and switch it over to our operating budget in 2021.
  • Living our values: support our staff with competitive, fair wages.
  • Putting our new strategic plan into action in the life of Plymouth Church.
  • Focusing primarily on supporting church programs and bringing us together. Translation: No capital campaigns in 2021!

We won’t know how soon we’ll be able to return to more robust, in-person worship. In the meantime, we’ll focus on Coming Together in a host of creative ways to support both our Plymouth faith community and the community we serve.

  • Coming Together to Grown in Christian Spirituality – Wednesday evening bible study will continue virtually via Zoom, and a Centering Prayer Workshop launches this month.
  • Coming Together to Care for Each Other – We know these times are difficult for many. Stephen Ministers remain available to walk with you, to help you through any hurt or struggle you may be experiencing.
  • Coming Together for Fellowship – Sunday’s Fellowship Forums carry on via Zoom each week and can also be accessed through the website, while high school youth small groups continue to meet.
  • Coming Together to Support the Community – The pandemic has only heightened our community’s needs. Plymouth members will be there to help through programs like Family Promise, DMARC Food Pantry, and Central Iowa Shelter meals.
  • Coming Together to Advocate for Others – Plymouth members continue to be strong advocates on critical issues through our network of committees including the Anti-racism committee, the Welcoming Migrants committee, the Transition from Prison committee, the Human Trafficking committee and more.

Giving as a Spiritual Practice

When we give, we affirm several values at once.

  • Everything we have is a gift that comes from God.
  • God is a God, not of scarcity, but abundance.
  • Whatever the size of our gift, it will go farther when shared in community.

 

When we let go of some of our stuff (and absolute control over it), we are reminding ourselves of all of these things. Whatever we give was a gift to us to begin with. We have enough to share because our God is a God of abundance. Whatever we share will be augmented in the life of community. It’s multiplied, like loaves and fishes. What a joy it is to be able to give and cultivate this spirit of giving!

If you believe in the work God is doing here at Plymouth Church — if you believe in this call to share life and mission together — we need your pledge. If you have never made a pledge to support the annual operating budget of the church, we are asking you to start pledging as a sign of your commitment to this work. If you have pledged in the past, please consider increasing your amount to help us come together in faith and in serving our community.

Our pledge goal for 2021 is $1.7 million. However, the goal we care even more about his year is the number of households and individuals who pledge! It helps send a clear signal that you believe in and support our mission for the year ahead. Our goal for 2021 is to increase the total number of pledges by five percent, to 554.

We invite you to prayerfully consider the amount you can pledge for 2021. Then complete and return the pledge card you received in the mail, or click on the button below to pledge online!